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International symposium to gather world’s leading winemakers

Twelve of the world’s most influential winemakers, including Paul Draper, Peter Sisseck, Dirk van de Niepoort and Stephane Derenoncourt are to meet in Spain to discuss the issues confronting wine production today.

WineCreator, the first international symposium of its kind, will take place in the historic hill city of Ronda in Malaga, Andalusia, on 18-19 April.

A panel of 20 influential wine writers including Jancis Robinson, Michel Bettane, Michael Fridjhon and James Halliday voted in the twelve selected ‘Wine Creators’, who will come face to face with the critics at the event.

Robinson will be Honourary President of the advisory committee.

The brainchild of Spanish wine commentator José Peñin and funded by wine development project La Melonera, WineCreator, according to Peñin, serves as a tribute to creativity and aims to present new ideas on wine production in the face of standardisation.

Treating wine as an ‘art form’, the event, which offers 190 places to the public, comprises a series of discussions on topics such as terroir, trends, outside influences and the role of the winemaker in the winery, vineyard and beyond.

Other fixtures throughout the two-day event include a round table discussion chaired by Jancis Robinson and Victor de la Serna, and a series of tastings led by the winemakers.

WineCreator is the first in a series of international events to be held every second year in chosen cities around the world.

Written by Lucy Shaw

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